It's never too early to start gathering fabric and ideas for our annual PTA retreat project. This year I've decided to make an easy strip pieced quilt for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project. The idea behind this project is to create a bedsize quilt or a finished top. Tops will be sent on and quilted by a long arm quilter. If you donate a top, they request backing material to be enclosed also. I love the sewing part but not necessarily quilting such large pieces on my small Bernina so this is perfect. So many people were affected by hurricane Florence and Michael from the Carolina coastlines, this seemed like a very worthwhile project. For more information go to www.frommycarolinahome.com and thanks to a very wonderful lady - Carole who got this whole thing rolling.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
After the fun and craziness of holidays, my company gone, I was inspired by my daughter to do some cleaning out.
She was busy making room for new TOYS...My granddaughter finally gave up her little "my little ponies"...Just marking another step in her journey to growing up. They were adorable and I will miss them. After talking to my daughter, I decided it was time to take a closer look at my studio.
Friday, January 18, 2019
For 2 days in a row, I have been lucky to see so much beautiful work from my quilting friends...PTA yesterday and SAQA today. This group which is a regional chapter of international SAQA has grown from 4 people (for a long time) to around 16 today. Show and Tell has become more and more fun and inspiring.
Lynn showed us a piece she is making as a gift for someone in Oregon...one of my favorite states. This so depicts this beautiful state and her choice of fabrics are wonderful. Lynn did a wonderful job of value placement also, making this such an interesting and lovely quilt.
Lynda showed us a beautiful scarf she made out of crepe du Chine silk. She used a finished "blank" edges already finished and ready to be painted or dyed. Dharma Trading Co or Thai silk carry blanks in all sizes along with the paint.
Mary made the piece on the left on dealing with Americana. It's made from photos printed from her computer...fun to study up close. On the right is another piece by Kathy B. I wish I had a better picture to show the beautiful work that she has done. Gauze was used to create the waterfall. A layer of silk organza was used on top; it was printed and altered to make the underneath fabric base more mysterious.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The first meeting of the year with any group is always refreshing. It gives us the chance to reflect on the past year and also move forward with new ideas and plans. It's a clean new slate. Our January meeting of PTA was held at Lynne's house; lots of enthusiastic gals.
We talked and ate and laughed and showed our latest projects.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Happy New Year everyone...hoping 2019 brings lots of good things your way. We had our first FJ meeting of the year at Sues house; we decided to work through Jane Dunnewold's Improvisational Screen Printing book- the revised edition....but before that a wonderful show and tell.
Iron the vinyl onto the sheer fabric. It works easiest if pulled tightly so I put it in a hoop. Lay the stencil down and cover with parchment paper. Iron with a dry iron until vinyl adheres permanently to fabric. I remove it from the hoop, peel away the paper backing, trim it down and tape the edges...and VOILA...ready to use.